Water's rigid as pavement
when struck by a hurtling object.
A storm-driven feather
punctures the trunk of an oak,
and flexible saplings split
in an assault made of wind.
Paper, smooth to the unwary touch,
slices through calloused skin.
Gentle rain eats away at cement.
Sponge-soft fungi penetrate rock,
digest radioactive leftovers.
Even the hardest of diamonds is porous
in its molecular spaces.
In the dynamics of human behavior
mild emotions conquer fierce logic
as weakness manipulates strength.
Belief shows itself more unyielding
than the data-based facts of hard science.
Should it be a surprise that St. Stephen,
his eyes lit with fire,
welcomed his soft bed of stones?